Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 30 - 11, 2012

KOR V NZL ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

2 - 0

Match Review KOR - NZL 2-0


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
KOR 19 10 YOU Hyosik FG 1 - 0
KOR 34 10 YOU Hyosik FG 2 - 0


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
NZL 18 4 HAIG Nick G
NZL 27 25 McALEESE Shea G
KOR 61 8 LEE Seungil G


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 JAMSON Hamish
Umpire 2 MONTES DE OCA German
Reserve Umpire GENTLES David
Judge 1 AGUILERA Antonio
Judge 2 CORNOFSKY Larry
Technical Officer DEVADAS Mathavan

The first match of the 2012 Olympic men's tournament promised to be a close contest between two close teams in the FIH world ranking (6th for Korea and 7th for New Zealand) and with similar international experience (average of 155 international Caps for Korea and 150 for New Zealand).

As expected, the match started with an intense battle for possession in the midfield, with neither team giving an inch. The Black Sticks tried to circulate the ball around the Koreans, who were tightly regrouped in defense and only sporadically pushing up with long balls for a high forward.

New Zealand goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex was called into action shortly after when a turn-over in midfield was promptly converted by Lee Nam Yong. Although not rich in goal chances, the intense tactical battle was fascinating and the near capacity crowd in Riverbank Arena watched in awe the display of individual and collective skills. The goal came after a green card to Nicholas Haig: Kang Moon Kyu played the free hit quickly and found You Hyo Sik for an unstoppable deflection in goal.

It took some wind out of the Black Sticks’ sails and the Koreans collectively moved higher on the field, leaving even less space for manoeuver in midfield. They pushed in the final minutes of the period and a hard cross from the left eluded everybody in the circle to find You Hyo Sik left unmarked on the far post for his second goal of the day and a comfortable two-goal lead for Korea going into the break.

Despite the support of the crowd, the New Zealanders seemed lost their initial intensity and the Koreans had the upper hand to open the second period. Pontifex needed to be sharp to fend off the Korean attempts from close range. The Black Sticks had to work hard to avoid conceding additional goals.

New Zealand had another flurry of chances with five minutes left on the clock, but Lee Myung Ho managed to dive left and right to protect the Korean goal. He was again well positioned a few minutes later to deflect a penalty-corner shot by Shea Mcaleese, and Korea could calmly weather the final minutes to end up with the win after a solid and impressive performance.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 01
  • Date Mon, 30 Jul 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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